A NYPD union president claims that Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna is being used as a scapegoat for his decision to pepper spray a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters in September. "Let's remember who created the atmosphere. He didn't do anything wrong using the pepper spray," Sergeant Ed Mullins of the Sergeants Benevolent Association told the Staten Island Advance. "He made a decision to use the pepper spray and it wasn't popular. It's a failure [on the part of NYPD higher-ups] to take responsibility. There's a lack of leadership."
Bologna and the city are being sued by two of the protesters for "physical pain and mental suffering." Prominent criminal defense attorney Christopher Leibig tells the paper that the protesters have a good chance of success, noting that based on the video evidence, the women weren't provoking or threatening Bologna. "Pepper spray is never, ever meant to be for punishment. It's only for when other forms of restraint don't work," Leibig says.
The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau docked Bologna ten vacation days and "exiled" him to Staten Island, where presumably he is undergoing a personal renaissance under the tutelage of Hipster Cop, and will reemerge anew at the movie premiere of Spray Me Tony: The Anthony Bologna Story at the Tribeca Film Festival next year.